Pentagon Releases Names Of Those Killed In Afghan Crash

The Pentagon has now officially released the names of the 30 servicemembers killed when their helicopter was shot down this past weekend in Afghanistan. Included are Jacksonville native Chris Campbell, as well as four airmen from Fort Bragg.

The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.,
Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.,
Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.,
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii,
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.,
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.,
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.,
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.,
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas,
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.,
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.,
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.,
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.,
Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah,
Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.,
Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.,
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa,
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla., and
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah.

The following sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif., and
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, ofSaint Paul, Minn.
The soldiers killed were:
Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colo.;
Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.;
Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Neb.;
Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.; and
Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field killed were:

Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.;
Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.; and
Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa.


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The top commander in Afghanistan says international forces killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for downing a U.S. helicopter and killing 38 U.S. and Afghan forces over the weekend.

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen told a Pentagon news conference Wednesday that forces learned where the insurgents had fled to and killed them in an early Monday morning air strike.

A separate statement to the media from Afghanistan said the strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the rocket-propelled grenade that downed the Chinook helicopter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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North Carolina family and friends are remembering a Navy SEAL killed in a weekend helicopter attack in Afghanistan as physically slight but ever ready to take on a challenge.

The family of 36-year-old Chris Campbell was at Dover Air Force Base on Tuesday to receive his body.

Diane Campbell of Jacksonville says if her son thought he could do something, he'd give it a try. His father, Larry, tells The Daily News of Jacksonville that after graduating from White Oak High School, Chris said he had a plan to join the Navy and become one of the elite SEALs.

Chris Campbell's former high school football coach, Jack Baile, tells The Associated Press that Campbell always wanted to try to prove he was up to a test.

Campbell's family has requested that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund in his memory. To make a donation in Campbell's honor, please visit:
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A Jacksonville native was one of the Navy SEALs killed in a deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Chris Campbell was a 1993 graduate of White Oak High School.

He was among 22 SEALs who died when their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan.

In a statement released Monday evening, NATO said an insurgent with a rocket-propelled grenade reportedly fired on the chopper, which was transporting the U.S. and Afghan troops to the scene of an ongoing fight between coalition forces and insurgents.

Campbell's parents told the Jacksonville Daily News they said they are not talking at the media at this time, but they are asking people to pray for them.


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  • by aaron Location: Socal on Aug 13, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    My love and prayers go out to the cambell's family. Chris cambell, is a friend as we grew up, I remember riding in the back of his brothers truck on the beach. of camp lejune. with are boards in hand. his brother driving. looking for that wave.or hanging out with the onslow bay boyz.(OBB) as we grew older chris wanted to be a seal. (he became a dam good one.) of course i would say you got cut that hair. that long blondish brown hair.well he did! Over the years our occupation streches friendships apart. the last time i saw chris was in kali. shaved head and all we cought waves in pacific beach.(PB) chris I would like to say my friend I wish I could be like you. You always had a special fire in you heart like no other. my deepest prayers go out to you and your loving family. may the you and the lord look over them. Love, Aaron Smith
  • by Amber Location: windsor on Aug 11, 2011 at 06:27 PM
    I agree with cj's post. i think this is all a cover up. i believe that the government ordered for these men to be killed so valid info. on the assasination wouldn't be leaked... i mean really ppl. all of a sudden all of the men who played a roll in the invasion and assasination is now dead? it sounds like someone like obama is trying to cover some dirty deeds.
  • by Susan Location: Washington on Aug 11, 2011 at 03:11 PM
    "All gave some, some gave all". Prayers to all the families. God bless.
  • by Martin County Location: N.C. on Aug 11, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE. R.I.P.
  • by cj on Aug 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    this whole mess smells really bad. i see that today the pentagon changed the 'official' story yet again. the seals were not on route to rescue pinned down rangers, NOW, they were trying to prevent the taliban from escaping. this reeks of a massive cover-up. 1.why were so many elite troops on a 'hook' in a hot zone? 2.why were they assigned to prevent a taliban retreat when appaches would have been more effective, or why would they be a rescue team? regular marines could handle that (no disrespect intended)3.we are supposed to believe that they killed the taliban responsible? what? that's like me saying i killed the exact fire ant that bite my daughter. 4.does this have any relationship to OBL? how would we know if these were not in fact the same members? something really stinks here and heads need to roll...
  • by J on Aug 11, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    RIP Soldiers
  • by POPPA Location: Winterville, NC on Aug 10, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    To The Family and those that knew Chris: Since this happened, not a day has gone by that some of us focus and pray for each of you. It is a feeling of compassion and Love for all of you that Loved him. His greatfullness for what he sacrificed during training and onto combat will forever be in our hearts. No, killing the enemy will not bring Chris back, we only hope he is in a better place, more prescious than we can imagine. From all of Eastern N.C. our prayers and hearts are with you no matter what. Thank each of you for letting us borrow him for a while. POPPA (ret. enlisted.)
  • by Just Me on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    YAY...............WTG USA!
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    you can kill all the insurgents but sadly you wont bring back our boys. osama is dead and taliban is like the viet cong. your never going to gt rid of them. bring our boys home
  • by country boy Location: havelock on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Anonymous, what did the ROE have to do with this incident, how about the commander who authorized 26 spec ops to be on one aircraft going into a hot zone?? I dont care for him but dont blame the prez for this one.
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